FLASH: Vulnerable Emerging Markets

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Looking beyond Turkey, here are a few vulnerable emerging markets to keep an eye on.

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The Cyprus Issue and Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean


New natural gas discoveries have left a divided Cyprus in the middle of a worsening geopolitical storm in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Canada’s Feud with the Saudis Will Inevitably End in Happy Hypocrisy

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The only question is: How long before Canada gives in?

Lessons Unlearned from Charlie Hebdo: Strengthening the EU’s Intelligence Infrastructure

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The EU can improve the effectiveness of its intelligence agencies not by creating new bureaucracies, but by getting more out of the resources it already has.

Between Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE: Tunisia’s Quest for Neutrality

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Tunisia is attempting to maintain its foreign policy independence while navigating its triangular relationship with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. It’s no easy task.

In Defense of the Iran Nuclear Deal

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With every passing day, it becomes more obvious that scrapping the Iran nuclear deal was a strategic and diplomatic blunder.

The Turkey Contagion Threat

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Tracking the global market reaction to Turkey’s currency crisis with one overriding question in mind: How big is the contagion threat?

US-Turkey Relations Placed on Life Support

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All it took was one tweet from President Trump to ignite the tinderbox of US-Turkey relations and send the Turkish economy reeling.

The Dangerous Simplicity of Brett Kavanaugh

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Make no mistake: Brett Kavanaugh is not Neil Gorsuch 2.0. On key constitutional matters, the two couldn’t be any more different.

Bolton Gets Real on North Korea

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US National Security Advisor John Bolton finally said what no one is willing to admit: North Korea just isn’t taking any necessary steps toward denuclearization.

The 2018 Bucharest Conference on Terrorism and the Middle East

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This year’s Bucharest Conference on Terrorism and the Middle East explored regional security issues from the perspectives of experts from Iran, Syria, and Russia.

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